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« on: November 25, 2014, 04:58:28 PM »
fortunately GAS is easily cured with money.  If not, blocking sites like canonrumors and other photo sites on your computer is a less expensive remedy but much more painful.   

I'd keep the 70-200, add the 17-85, and get the 100-400.  On a crop body, the 85 and the 135 both fit comfortably in the 70-200 range.  I'd look to buy either of the other lenses if after living with the first three for a while and see where the "holes" are in your style of shooting.  Then I'd buy a very big bag with a very strong shoulder strap and consider buying a gym membership if you don't already have one.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:34:07 PM »
If you're renting, consider the 70-300IS.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 is ii vs new 100-400
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:20:42 PM »
Since you have a 70-200 you should be able to answer both speed and reach challenges.  I find the 70-200 has plenty of "reach" for water polo, especially if I can change my position near the pool if required.  Yet some of the
pools are not well lighted so the f2.8 version is particularly helpful.   If you don't have that consideration, good for you.  In terms of surfing - don't often experience surfing at night so lens speed isn't an issue.  All of Canon lenses work well in daylight, but some are better than others in weather sealing and salt air.  I haven't had a chance with the new 100-400, but the old one works quite well from the shore.  If the new lens really has noticeably better IS, then
it may be a better choice for shooting surfing and sailing from a small boat.   you may also want to consider the
70-300L  with a new 7DII as an excellent combination for your preferred sports.

Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:21:15 AM »
Sure, or maybe Blue Tuesday, Yellow Saturday or Red Monday.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:19:51 AM »
Yes, and no!  Large industry leading companies never move fast enough for the early adopters regardless of the industry involved, but large industry leading companies are large industry leading companies because the product offerings are solid, reliable and quality products.  So, what you see is what you get and you get it on the company's timetable.  Your options are the same - be patient or change vendors - or re-examine your desires with a reality check.  Most of us would like a high megapixel, low light marvel, fast outofocusing whiz bang camera at
a "rebel" price, but reality says it ain't gonna happen - yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:13:03 PM »
I'd like a quality mirrorless offering no larger than the AE1 - and an FD adapter for manual use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:12:45 PM »
whoever's holding it

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:10:54 PM »
It seems to be strangely prone to operator error.

Sony is a company that has lost it's way.  While it certainly has the technical capabilities to produce a dynamite product, I'm not certain it has the will to commit to long term success in cameras.  If the market share doesn't improve, the accountants may close down that division as it has other market areas.  Sony was once the undisputed king to television but lost ground in the move to flat panel devices.  The professional television market is excellent, but very small.  Whether Sony can move "down market" may be an internal political problem rather that a technical capability question.  It makes some "leading edge" full frame small camera bodies but has a rather meager selection of lens and the best of those are manufactured by another supplier.  One "good" thing is that it is easier to find Sony cameras at a retail outlet than it is to find Pentax, but then Pentax didn't make televisions.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:20:41 PM »
Have it both ways - buy a CF to SD adapter for less than $20 and use SD cards in the CF slot.

I'd consider using your DSLR.  If you can get/or have a copy stand, so much the better.  Rather than buy a
scanner, I'd invest in a good macro lens.  I started doing this when my Scitex was not large enough for several
posters I wanted to scan and discovered the image I got (after careful setup) was better quality than the
scanned images.  The key is parallax adjustment (thus the copy stand) but a good tripod and a level wall will
produce the same results.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:25:05 PM »
Think Doris Day said it best - que sera, sera.  There is surely room for improvements in the current line because technology marches on, but I am more concerned with Canon's planning wizards packing it with video features,
wi-fi connectivity, and perhaps in-camera editing at the expense of still photo capabilities.  Faster dual media cards are  surely a continued requirement, better low light performance, faster autofocus all seem to take priority in my world over a 40-50% jump in pixel availability. 

Canon General / Re: Advice for re-investing please?
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:13:30 PM »
I envy you while I sit here with bags full of Canon equipment.  I'm tempted to sell it all and start from scratch
with a Fuji.  I borrowed a friends XT with the 58mm f1.2 lens and was blown away by the quality.  He only has
that and an 18-55 (good by not great lens) but he has a shopping list of several more primes that he's after.
I like the fact that Fuji seems to support improvements in older gear, is open about their plans, and excels at
execution.  The quality is good, the handling feels good and the new 18-135 weather sealed lens might be a
good starting point.

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:03:45 PM »
Diko's very insightful post struck a chord.  My first reaction to the "teaser" was Apple's "Think Different" campaign.
Apple had less than 10% of the computer market then, so appealing to the Apple user's individuality was a strong
presence.  When I think of "impossible" with Canon several things come to mind. 

I'd like to see a competitive mirrorless offering - or better yet a mirrorless "family" of products to compete with Fuji and the micro 4/3s bunch.

I'd like to see a high megapixel, low light offering to compete strongly with Nikon D810.

I'd like to see a quality full frame high speed offering to compete with Sony.

I don't much care about medium format, but for Canon that too may be "impossible".

Oh, you want "impossible"?  How about lower ink prices or bigger cartridges?

Yes, I guess "impossible" is a good vantage point for our friends at Canon.

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